Ready, set, go! Make sure they always come first place in the style stakes this summer with playful designs and sporty silhouettes
Summertime is all about enjoying the outdoors and the freedom to move, and there’s no greater celebration of movement than a traditional sports day. Granted, not all our memories from school sports day are positive (anyone fall flat on their face in the sack race?), but a little competitive spirit is good for the soul, and team work teaches kids valuable life lessons and social skills.
And when they’re working off all that energy, they need clothing that isn’t restrictive. Think soft, flexible play wear and layered, lightweight fabrics that can endure the rough and tumble inside and out. Add to that some fun designs and playful shapes and you’ve found a winning formula.
We’re big believers in children learning through play and movement, which is why we’re supporting Right To Play. This inspiring charity believes in the power of play to transform lives, and uses specially designed games to provide disadvantaged children in Africa, the Middle East and Asia with the knowledge and skills they need to overcome adversity.
Established in 2000 by former Olympic champion speed skater Johann Olav Koss, Right To Play provides children with play-based skills that they can pass on to future generations. We think it’s a pretty brilliant ethos. To find out more and to support this fantastic charity, please visit http://righttoplay.org.uk/
So if you fancy getting them moving by throwing together a little sports day like we did, hang out that bunting, get them in their gear and prepare for starters orders. Egg and spoon and the sack race are obligatory, as is whooping and cheering from the sidelines. As for the three-legged race – collapsing in fits of giggles is pretty much guaranteed.
Photographs by Hayley Grosscurth-West and Charlie Webb.
We've already detailed our joy over the new-season bounty in Into Autumn for the girls. Soft knits, cosy hues of mustard and plums, snuggly accessories - we're all in. Conker season is traditionally a time of Good Clothes and wrapping up stylishly (you've seen The September Issue, right? It's the same for kids in our eyes). And there are some fantastic new lines for the boys, too.
Forget seasons of mist, it's all about the season of musts this autumn, as in what we must have for their wardrobes. And yes we do love collecting conkers and kicking through crispy leaves and smelling bonfires in the air on the walk home from school, but we also love all the fab new-season collections. Bring on the soft knits, cosy tights and the warm russets, mustards and plums of autumn...
If you've been watching Stranger Things on Netflix (and if you haven't, seriously, where have you been? Cancel everything and binge-watch the first season now - since its release this summer Netflix has already commissioned a second series, airing in 2017) you'll know that the dorkiest coolest kids in town at the moment are Mike, Lucas, Dustin and Will. Their Goonies meets E.T. meets Stephen King sci-fi adventures have fuelled an '80s nostalgia trip thanks to the show's near-perfect recreation of the era, and our sartorial eye has been on the detail for their retro apparel.
The new term is well under way, and we're just about getting our heads around which day is PE day, when the after-school clubs are, homework, lunchboxes, shoe-polishing and knotting a tie once again. But as smart and lovely as they look in their uniforms, it's always nice for them to have some comfies to throw on when they get home and can concentrate only on stuffing their faces and zoning out in front of Octonauts.